Apr 9, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT
Everton captain Phil Neville is leaving the club at the end of the season, after an awesome eight years for the team, but won’t be ending his soccer career any time soon.
The 36-year-old used to play at Manchester United, and has also represented England since his debut game in 1995. He has played almost 700 club matches and was a big part of United’s all-star team of 1999.
He confirmed his plans to leave Everton on Tuesday.
“It’s been an honour to play for and captain Everton. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on Merseyside and will leave with immense pride.
“I would like to thank the manager [David Moyes], chairman [Bill Kenwright], all of the staff and the players at Everton for their continued support during my time at the club.
“I’d also like to pay a special thanks to the fans, who have been amazing over the past eight years and Everton will always have a place in my heart,” he told Everton’s official website, http://www.evertonfc.com.
Neville has not always been a popular player in England, and he cost them badly in a big game back in 2000 against Romania, when he gave away an important penalty.
He will be a coach in the summer for England’s under-21 team at the European Championships in Israel.
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